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With cannabis essentially “already here,” the Borough Council had a decision to make on whether or not they would participate in and benefit from the new legal marketplace in the state.
“Metuchen residents can visit any existing dispensaries or have [the cannabis] delivered to their homes,” Council President Jason Delia said noting there are 19 medicinal and recreational and nine medicinal only businesses in the state and the borough cannot prevent cannabis delivery companies to deliver to a Metuchen address.
Borough Council members recently approved an ordinance permitting two wholesale and three retail cannabis businesses to locate in certain sections of the 3-square-mile borough.
All other classes of recreational cannabis businesses are prohibited here.
Under the ordinance, wholesale cannabis businesses will be limited to the northwest light industrial zone in the area of Liberty Street while retail will be permitted in the borough's highway retail zone.
With a state deadline looming, the Metuchen Borough Council took the preemptive step of voting to prohibit operation of any type of cannabis business within the boundaries of the municipality.
“I want to make it very clear, and the council members can join in … that I personally support cannabis in Metuchen,” Mayor Jonathan Busch said at the June 28 public hearing.
Ordinance 2021-10, adopted by a unanimous vote of council members, prohibits the operation of any class of cannabis businesses within the borough boundaries and amends Section 110-93 of the Metuchen Code.
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Borough officials are taking a wait-and-see approach to determine if cannabis businesses will be permitted in town sometime in the future.
In the meantime, the borough will be voting Monday on an ordinance to prohibit any recreational marijuana businesses within the Brainy Borough borders.
The council meeting and public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Metuchen Borough Council Chambers, 500 Main St.